What’s Life Like For Christians?
Most Algerian believers are converts from Islam. They face discrimination, harassment, and pressure to follow Islamic customs from family members as well as the wider community.
More recently, Christians have increasingly experienced restrictions and pressure from state officials to renounce their faith; many of these officials come under the influence of radical Islamic teachers. Laws prohibit ‘shaking the faith of a Muslim’, and are sufficiently vague to be used to target and harass Christians.
Meanwhile, 16 previously closed church buildings remained sealed, while other churches were ordered to close during the past year. Several other churches have had to cease their activities.